Primary Screener Backpack Basic Course (PER-246) (04-21-0246) - 009

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Brief Description
This course trains Primary Screeners to employ a Human-Portable Radiation Detector (Backpack).
Full Description
Course Description:
This course trains Primary Screeners to employ a Human-Portable Radiation Detector (Backpack) to detect and verify radiation alarms, localize the radiation source, measure detected radioactive material, and adjudicate alarms. These activities will be performed as they pertain to radiation alarms detected in/or on people, vehicles, packages, and/or facilities. Training will be accomplished using an assigned Backpack and a variety of sealed radioactive sources (SRS) in the learning activities (drills).

Course Objectives:
-Distinguish the differences between the capabilities of the Backpack and other National Incident Management System (NIMS) typed PRND equipment.
-Give examples of deployment methods commonly used with Backpack detectors.
-Point out operational limitations of the Backpack detector.
-Summarize the Backpack Operator’s considerations when receiving a neutron alarm.
-Cite the common characteristics of Backpack detectors.
-Identify the standard and optional components of Backpack detectors.
-Identify operational considerations when employing the Backpack detector.
-Differentiate between the steps of the Alarm Response Guide (ARG).
-Describe special considerations for alarms on people, packages, vehicles and facilities

Target Audience:
Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Hazardous Material, Law Enforcement, Health Care, Public Works, Citizen/Community Volunteer, Security and Safety, Search & Rescue, Transportation

PER-243: Primary Screener / Personal Radiation Detector

Additional Prerequisites:
AWR-140, Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear WMD Operations, or equivalent training PER-243, Primary Screener/Personal Radiation Detector Course, or equivalent training as both a Primary Screener and in PRD operations.

You must be a US Citizen to take this course. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please e-mail for further instructions.

All participants must have a FEMA Student Identification (FEMA SID) number. Students can search for their existing/create a new FEMA SID at:

Any and all other prerequisite requirements will be managed by the consortium provider. If any additional prerequisites are required as part of the enrollment process the consortium partner will contact you directly prior to the course.

Cost: There is no fee for the course. Food, lodging & transportation costs are the responsibility of the participant.

Participants who actively participate attend all course contact hours will receive a Certificate of Attendance for the course.
Training Dates
10/13/2023 - 10/13/2023
Do you require reasonable accommodations in order to attend this course (if you select yes then you will be contacted by our office before the first day of class to discuss further).
Are you a United States citizen?
Registration Dates
06/15/2023 - 10/11/2023
Available Seats
4h 0m
None Specified
Training Location
60 - Westchester County
Center for Disaster Medicine - NY Medical College
7 Dana Road
Valhalla, NY  10595
Reporting Instructions
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Dress is business casual.
Signup Details
No Show Policy: Failure to attend a class you have registered for can result in restriction on future course attendance and agency notification. It is the students responsibility to notify us in a timely manner if you cannot attend.

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